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Research Assistant/ Research Associate - Quantum Nanosatellite Senior Mechanical/Thermal Engineer

Research Assistant/ Research Associate - Quantum Nanosatellite Senior Mechanical/Thermal Engineer

We are looking to expand the experience and the skillset of the engineering team. The team works with scientists to develop lab experiments into opto-electronic instruments for space-based quantum physics experiments. Previously we have launched quantum payloads on CubeSat nanosatellites and scientific balloons and next year will launch SpooQy-1, a 3U CubeSat built at CQT, which hosts our latest highly integrated entangled photon pair source.


We have recently secured funding for a Singapore-UK intergovernmental quantum communications mission and this would be the primary project of the candidate and of the CQT team in the coming years. The photon pair source, quantum ground station and CubeSat mission developed in this collaboration would be used to demonstrate quantum key distribution between a nanosatellite and the ground.



We are seeking an applicant with a few years of work experience in optomechanical design/modelling and/or aerospace engineering to supplement/lead our existing team.



Duties & Responsibilities:


Potential tasks include:


  • Assisting the scientists and engineers to develop requirements and to design components and assemblies of optical components.
  • Producing detailed thermal and mechanical simulations using ANSYS, Siemens Simcenter or ESATAN.
  • Ensuring that such components can be maintained in precise alignment in the relevant space and launch environments.
  • Specifying materials and processing techniques and communicating effectively with machinists and manufacturers.
  • Liaising with the UK team on mechanical requirements, constraints, and definition of mechanical interfaces.
  • Producing high quality documentation.





A relevant engineering degree and a proven track-record in mechanical/thermal design and modelling of optomechanical and/or aerospace systems is required. Familiarity working in a dynamic, small, academic/startup team environment is helpful


All positions in our team are on a renewable contract basis.


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Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter and include evidence of their ability to fulfil the duties described above. They should also indicate their desired starting date.



Interested applicants may apply the position click here.

Closing Date: 07-Jan, 12:00AM.